Fernando Tatis Jr.
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) sets up to throw during the game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals on April 28, 2019, at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

Two injured Padres are getting closer to rejoining the club.

Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and outfielder Frenchy Cordero, are in different stages of the rehab process, according to MLB.com.

Tatis, who injured his left hamstring in April, was in the midst of extended spring camp in Peoria, Ariz. this weekend, reported MLB.com, but could begin a rehab stint at one of the Padres’ minor-league affiliates early this week.

“If all that goes well, maybe at the beginning of next week we’ll send him out on a rehab assignment, and he’ll play some games there,” manager Andy Green told MLB.com. “How quickly he returns will be dictated by how he performs and how he feels.”

Tatis has been the Padres’ most touted rookie in years, and he had lived up to the hype, hitting .300, but he was injured in an extra-inning game against the Washington Nationals on April 28. The Padres have been cautious during his recovery and reluctant to set a firm timetable for his return.

Cordero, according to MLB.com, is on a rehab assignment with AAA-El Paso and will be re-assessed this week. He has a right elbow strain; he had surgery on the arm to remove bone spurs last year.

The Padres lost two of the three to the last-place Miami Marlins over the weekend. They fell into third place in the National League West behind the surging Colorado Rockies, winners of eight in a row.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the division.

– Staff reports